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From Shanghai: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Small Group Tour

Product ID: 117336
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This is a panoramic tour of China’s own Venice – the water towns of Zhouzhuang and Jinxi. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride to take some great photos on the romantic stone bridge, take in the quaint buildings on the river side and visit 3 ancient museums.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

The hotel pick-up area should be within the middle ring road of Shanghai. For further distances, please contact the tour operator.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit Zhouzhuang, an ancient water town
  • Take a gondola and see for yourself the hustle and bustle of life of the people living by the canals
  • Grab a bite of some native water town dishes at the Zhouzhuang restaurant
  • Travel to the 2000 year old water town "Jinxi" which boasts 36 ancient bridges spanning the rivers
  • Gain a deeper insight into the history and culture of the sights you see with insider’s narration on attractions
Full description
8:00 AM -11:30 AM, Hotel pick-up and journey to Zhouzhuang Water Town:

Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby in the morning at an appointed time. A comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to Zhouzhuang: a water town built amid canals, ponds, and lakes. There are many old buildings and bridges, boat rides, crafts, framed by the quaint water town scenery. Feel free to take many photos and capture the beautiful views as seen in "Shanghai Triad". You will take a gondola and witness the way of life of people living by the canals, first hand. This medieval water town has a history dating back more than 900 years, and has houses and bridges built in both the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1911). Visit the 3 most representative old houses into our itineraries to ensure you will not leave here without knowing of their provenance and history. (Includes Shen's House, Zhang's House and Ye Chucang's Residence.)

Your group will be 4 to 6 people, offering good flexibility. If you want some more time for taking photos, or you have more questions about the history and architecture, just let your guide know.

11:30 AM - 12:30 AM, Have lunch at a restaurant by the side of water way:

Stop at a restaurant by the side of water way, have some nicely made local food on the second floor and view the best part of the water village.

12:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Visit Jinxi Ancient Water Town.

In the afternoon, the guide will take you to Jinxi ancient water town for a visit. Compared with other ancient towns in China, Jinxi Ancient Town is simpler, less sophisticated, and quiet. It is a small town (only one square kilometer in area) that has 16 lakes and 238 rivers. The town also has 36 ancient bridges spanning the rivers. The bridges represent various styles and were built during different periods in history.

The town has many museums, such as the first museum of antique tiles and bricks in China, the "red porcelain products museum" and the "root caving museum of China." Your guide will take you to see all of them.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Return transport to your hotel:

Return you to your hotel at the end of the tour. 
  • Admission to Zhouzhuang Water Town and Jinx Ancient Water Town
  • A gondola tour in Zhouzhuang Water Town
  • Transport between attractions, including pick-up and return to your hotel (within the middle ring road of Shanghai)
  • English-speaking expert local guide
  • Set-menu lunch at a local restaurant in the water village
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 60 - 100 per person per day for each of them – optional)
  • Airport transfer

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• You'll be a part of a small group with maximum 6 people
• The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the middle ring road of Shanghai
• There is no shopping on this tour
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Product ID: 117336